Spain 1729-S P 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 516
This specimen was lot 516 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 700 euro (about US$1,110 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1729. Sevilla. P. 8 reales. Pátina. Atractiva. Rara y más así. EBC-. (Eight reales of 1729, Seville mint. Toned, attractive, rare thus, nearly extremely fine.)"
This type, the ancestor of the familiar pillar dollar of Latin America, is recorded in the SCWC for 1728-29. Both dates are tough. It is the first eight reales struck at Seville since 1718.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9321, Cal. 939, KM 336.3, Dav-1697.


  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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